Little Frankenkitten had a hard start in life but he's doing purr-fectly fine now!
Frankenkitten is the perfect name of a four eared cat from Geelong, Victoria, in Australia.
With his very own Facebook page and Instagram, this little kitty did not have the easiest start in life. Frankie, as he goes by, was found underneath a local home, with his sibling, when they were about two-months-old. Unable to care for the pair, the homeowners surrendered them to the Geelong Animal Welfare Society in Victoria, Australia.
Right away Frankenkitten got people at the shelter talking. You see, this special fellow was born with four ears and had only one normal eye. Hence the name.
One volunteer named Georgi Anderson took a special liking to this little kitten, realizing he was going to need some extra love. She stepped in to foster him and was actually the one to give him the name 'Frankenkitty'. It seemed fitting since he had a scar and stitches at the time. Frankie had to have his bad eye removed. Anderson was asked to foster Frankie as he recovered from the eye removal.
Anderson is a seasoned foster mom and had already taken care of 80 foster cats in the year before meeting him. This time it was different though, I think they call this a foster fail, which is what happens when a dog or cat who was only supposed to be a temporary foster is so lovable that his humans just can't say goodbye, and he winds up becoming part of the family. Anderson fell in love with Frankenkitten. “It wasn’t so much his unique look that sold him to me — it was his sweet demeanor, the way he explored his surroundings, and seek comfort from me”. "Within a couple of hours of him being at home, I realized there was something special about him." She said, unable to let Frankie go. "I couldn't bear the thought of taking him back."
Frankenkitten joined other pets at the home, including three cat siblings named Lucius Malfoy, Mina, and Toothless, and even a Beagle named Dudley.
His eye wasn't the only problem that Frankie was suffering from. He was also born with a major overbite that requires extensive dental surgery once he matures. Frank’s rare genetic abnormality has its limitations and associated health concerns. In an interview with Bored Panda, Anderson said “The physical aspect of his condition has some impact on his everyday life. The little front ears mildly affect his directional hearing, as they almost act like little earmuffs to his proper ears. He has adjusted well to only having one eye, but I can tell his night vision is not as good as my other cats’. His legs cause him to walk splay-legged but don’t cause pain or affect the way he plays or jumps. His mouth probably is the biggest physical factor — he struggles to eat wet food because he can’t get a good grasp on it. He is on a dry food-only diet and has learned to pick kibble with his tongue and bring it into his mouth that way, rather than using his teeth.”
For the most part, though, he’s a happy little fellow that is as sweet as he is adorable.